ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: June 21, 2018
The Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle
By (author) Rumer Godden; Illustrated by Mairi Hedderwick
The Old Woman is happy living in her modest vinegar bottle house by the loch, until one day she saves a charming fish prince who grants her wishes in return.At first the Old Woman’s wishes are humble — a hot dinner and a little cottage — but as she asks for more and more extravagant things she forgets how happy she used to be in her little vinegar bottle house with her cat, Malt. Can her wishes truly bring her happiness?This delightful adaptation of a traditional Grimm’s tale is set in the Scottish Highlands. The lightly humourous story by Rumer Godden, one of the twentieth-century’s best-loved writers, blends beautifully with the charming artwork of best-selling illustrator Mairi Hedderwick, creator of Katie Morag.Featuring beautiful Scottish landscapes and lively characters, The Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle is a wonderful traditional tale to share with young children.
Rumer Godden (1908 — 1998) was one of the UK’s most notable writers. She wrote over sixty works in her lifetime, including much-loved children’s books The Dolls House and The Diddakoi. She won The Whitbread Award for Children’s Literature in 1972, and was awarded an OBE in 1993.Mairi Hedderwick is the author and illustrator of the best-selling Katie Morag picture books, inspired by Mairi’s life on the Scottish Isle of Coll, as well as many other titles for children and adults. Katie Morag is one of Scotland’s best-loved literary characters and her stories have been adapted for television. In 2017 Mairi received Scottish Book Trust’s inaugural Outstanding Achievement Award.